'Stickman' is Wellcome Image Awards 2017 winner
News / Published: 15 March 2017
A digital illustration portraying a personal experience of Crohn’s disease is the overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.
‘Stickman – The Vicissitudes of Crohn’s (Resolution)’ is a striking computer-generated image which conveys the physical and emotional experience of Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the digestive system.
It is part of a series incorporating Stickman, the alter ego of illustrator Spooky Pooka (Oliver), who has the disease.
'Stickman' is one of 22 winning images that showcase the best in science image making.
Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and a member of the judging panel, said: "This image is a stunning representation of what it must be like to have Crohn’s disease. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before in terms of the portrayal of someone’s condition: it conveys the pain and torment the sufferer must go through. The image really resonates and is beautifully composed: it’s a haunting piece."
Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and Chair of the judges, said: "This extreme close-up shows the expertise of the clinical photographer in illustrating with such clarity and precision this minuscule lens that, clipped by a surgeon into the human iris itself, can restore a patient’s vision."
Other award-winning images include a:
- beautiful illustration of Nobel laureate and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini
- glimpse of the intricate system of blood vessels inside an African Grey Parrot
- fascinating visualisation of Twitter conversations about breast cancer.
You can see all the winning images and read the stories behind them on the Wellcome Image Awards website.
The awards have been held annually since 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work.